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Matthew Stone: Columnist
Matthew Stone is a smart guy in Research and Analysis at The Rubiks Room (TRR). Matt supplies sick beats and writes a lot when he’s not exploring the intimate regions of the Internet and its citizens. You can hire him to be a CPR training model.
With the rapid growth of eCommerce over the last decade, online payment has become a hugely influential area. This niche has made fortunes for credit card companies, and services like Paypal, providing the ability for real currency to be used online with relative ease. With the estimated total value of eCommerce approaching a trillion US$, there is another solution that may be even more useful.
Perhaps it is time for a global online currency?
Bitcoin is such a currency, created in 2009 ...
The market for digital content in emerging markets is in a curious place at the moment. In South Africa, there are just over 6-million internet users, and less than half of those are comfortable using "higher level" web services. Effectively, those who would buy digital content are barely numbered in the hundreds of thousands. At the same time, we watch in wonder as the development of digital content is exploding throughout the developed world.
Twenty-seven percent of worldwide legitimate music sales ...